Norman Reedus tells CES that he sees a long future with his character on The Walking Dead, and he’s on board for as long as the ride lasts.
As long as there is The Walking Dead, there might as well be a Daryl Dixon because star Norman Reedus is having fun bringing him to life. In fact, Reedus had a lot to say on the subject at Variety’s Entertainment Summit at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
“I could play Daryl Dixon forever,” he told fans. Reedus was at the standing room only presentation to discuss The Walking Dead along with Charlie Collier, the general manager of AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios. If the crowd’s response was any indication, fans would like to see Daryl Dixon go on as long as the show is on the air.
Collier discussed The Walking Dead’s potential to go for several more seasons. Currently in the middle of season 8, The Walking Dead has enough source material to last indefinitely. Collier said that though it could be possible to keep going forever, there’s a certain responsibility with keeping the franchise going. “We talk about it all the time – how do you make sure it goes as long as it can, while still being a responsible business?” Part of that responsibility, of course, comes with the fact that it costs so much more to produce The Walking Dead now than it did when the show began back in 2010.
As for Reedus, he has also enjoyed working on Ride with Norman Reedus, currently in production on season 3. “We were thinking it was more of a motorcycle gearhead show – but because of the [Walking Dead] fans it becomes something much bigger.”
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Hearing that Reedus is on board for as much of The Walking Dead as is possible is reassuring when fans are still reeling from the loss of Chandler Riggs’ Carl Grimes and the fact that star Andrew Lincoln still hasn’t signed a contract for season 9. Knowing that Reedus is on board is comforting for fans who are willing to see how far The Walking Dead can go.